djdumpling So yesterday morning I received an email that pretty much saw the incineration of one of my all time biggest dreams. After laying in bed in shock for about an hour, I decided to put on my $waggie$t jacket and get turnt up in the company of my mates.

We went to a pub in Enmore, drank in the sun and got down to some old school hip-hop and R&B jams. If there was anything that could ease my fragile state of mind, it would be some cider and a cigarette right? So I got a little inebriated and started to head home just after the sun had set. But of course in my intoxicated state, I fell asleep on the bus and woke up far away from where I was meant to hop off. So I walked until I found the nearest Thai takeaway joint, bought some food then hailed a cab homeward bound.

At home, I sat on the couch drunkenly powering my through four curry puffs and a green chicken curry while my housemate watched a horror movie next to me. Then I headed to my room where I promptly passed out in my bed. At 8.30PM. I was not in such fine form yesterday.
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djdumpling A year ago tomorrow, I was about to rock up at the doorstep of Hello Mr founder @ryanfitzgibbon armed with nothing more than the ingredients for a pot of mussels, a loaf of ciabatta and my trusty travel friend Rob. I had emailed him out of the blue a week before, asking him if I could cook dinner for him as part of a creative project I was (and still am) creating.

It’s not often that you stumble upon a brand that transforms you into one of those New Slaves I think Kanye was rapping about. Indeed I do have the tote bag, the Hello Love shirt, all three issues of the magazine and my housemate is positively sick to death of me listening to their monthly Spotify playlists on repeat. But I am just one of many devoted @hellomr fans, and the community this magazine has created is extraordinary.

So this pot of mussels was a pretty momentous occasion. Because somehow in an age that is so hugely driven by the digital, I was brought to that table by print. And it made me feel like, I could do something unconventional per se and perhaps it could work. It made me feel like, maybe I could cook, maybe I could write, and perhaps it could work.
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djdumpling The deity in charge of Sydney's rainfall seems to be listening to a lot of Lykke Li's new record at the moment because we've had almost non stop rain for a week now. *
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So when the sun rose over the trees in the park, I was allllll about it. Golden hour is kinda nice hey.
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  •   santossamuel232 Oooo good morning 5d
  •   meshadasha Good morning have a bless day every body and a wonderful day 5d
  •   rahrarussel Lykke li is somehow familiar.. Any prominent songs? 5d
  •   robmulally Very nice. Love it just after rain. Why... Puddles hehe :) 5d
  •   flashstagram Tones 5d

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djdumpling If you're looking for the worlds nicest guy, you'll find him here #betweenlines.
He's so hella down to Earth that even gravity refuses to let him stray too far.
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djdumpling I'm super excited to reveal the latest addition to my 'Gram family, POLO the panda. Unfortunately he won't be bringing you the latest in fashion live from the VMA Red Carpet, or nominating people for the ice bucket challenge; instead he will be helping me explore the urban and unnatural panda habitats around Sydney. **
Here he is exploring UTS' new faculty of engineering and IT. **
So show POLO some love, because you know, panda's only live once too. Thanks to @sejkko for the animalia inspiration and @robmullaly for helping bring this shot to life. #POLOthepanda #emojisinthewild
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djdumpling #roofline_enevelope is definitely one of my favourite hashtags going at the moment.
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It's also a surprisingly challenging shot to achieve, generally taking several (long) minutes of experimentation. *
This is generally what the process is like: some light cussing initially as I try to work out whether it's possible to frame the roof without that telegraph pole being in the shot. A moderate amount of swearing as I try to make sure the roofline are exactly in the corners of the frame when I'm clicking. And finally a large amount of agitation and four letter words when my arms start to hurt and biceps shake as I realize that I don't spend enough time in the gym to execute this sort of exercise properly. *
You guys, the struggle is real.
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djdumpling Hey Instagram! Exactly six weeks from now, I'm packing my suitcase and going travelling!
I'll be heading to Paris, London and Berlin for a week at each with two of my best mates at various points (tentative travel dates below). If you have any tips I'd love to hear from you. Additionally, I'd love to meet slash cook for some of you as I travel through; I'm collecting stories for a food project I'm (still...) staging.
So if you like eating and having a hearty laugh, shoot me in an email in my bio. Just please don't strap me to a splintery wooden plank in cellophane circa Dexter's pilot episode.
Looking forward to shooting you, meeting you, and cutting a rug with you on a European dance floor x #communityfirst
PAR 3/10-9/10 - LDN 9/10-15/10 - BER 15/10-22/10
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djdumpling I've got this hella serious pork ragu situation going on right now and I'm definitely not mad about it.
Errytime I cooknot there is some hectic line of potential husbands lining up outside my door. I've yet to meet them, but I'm sure they're smokin' #serveitup
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djdumpling There were a couple of things I noticed about Rob when I first met him. The first was his killer jawline, and the other was his killer feed, full of beautiful landscapes and urban shots with wonderful long exposures and crisp colours.
But Instagram can be a funny thing; while this is a platform that has inspired so much creativity and community, the flipside to the phenomenon is that your aesthetic can in fact be pigeonholed and limited.
Everyone loves creating conversation and engagement through the photos they post and sometimes it can be easy to become a slave to the next comment or the next double tap. The resulting effect is that sometimes you feel as though branching outside of your creative horizon may not be something that's warmly received; sometimes it's just easier to keep doing what you do best at the expense of what you want to do more of.
This is a sentiment that Rob and I bonded over. We seem to view the world with opposing eyes, but simultaneously both also want to see the world in the way the other does. So here's to bursting our proverbial creative bubbles; here's to more landscapes, or more portraits, more learning and more community. #whptodayimet #communityfirst
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djdumpling {} So I spent most of my day trying to mount my phone to my ceiling in an attempt to execute one of the (perhaps overly emotional) portraits that have become my signature.

Obviously it didn't work. I don't possess the stretch that my parents were possibly trying to gift my younger self as they forced me into sports.
My ever supportive housemate has been telling me recently that I should photograph something atypical to my feed's style; and as the better part of my day had quickly disappeared, I knew he was right.
I've always found it difficult to see things 'structurally' which I think was a key part to this week's theme; but perhaps it's just a learning curve I have to ride out. So here I am, waiting for my geometric eyes to hatch. Maybe we can wait together. Just don't hold your breath.

#WHPlinemeetscorner
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djdumpling I don't think you understand how long I had to wait for this bird to fly into my frame, god damn. #whplinemeetscorner 3w

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djdumpling Somewhere between the weekend and the weekday, my friend El turned 23.
To celebrate the occasion, I worked under the guidance of CEO in $w@g and birthday cake extraordinaire the @princessofabudhabi herself to bring to life this chocolate and beetroot Barbie cake.
Like El, Barbie is a big fan of @romancewasborn, so tonight she's wearing fondant resembling El's signature sweater. Can you spot where El ends and Barbie begins?
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djdumpling I traveled to San Francisco last year with two of my best mates, and it was such an incredibly wonderful experience.
I was so instantly taken by the intimate beauty this city possessed. It was in the Californian cuisine we sampled, it was in the leopard print cape and platform sneakers worn by a boozed up stranger as he made conversation with us, and it was in the kooky architecture that had me stopping every few minutes to fill my camera. Or I was probably stopping to catch my breath, SF is hilly as fuck.
HBO series Looking came out this year and kicked my nostalgia glands into overdrive. Dolores Park, I can't wait to see you again, hopefully sooner rather than later. 🌎
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djdumpling I've decided to pay homage to one of my culinary loves, Maggie Beer (@maggiebeerfarmshop) today. Here in Australia she's incredibly well known for her gentle maternal persona and her range of luxe cooking ingredients.
Her burnt fig, honeycomb and caramel flavored ice cream is one of my favourites. I'm actually allergic to dairy, but I've eaten so many of these tiny tubs, my body has likely started to react to it by morphing me into it. And I'm definitely not mad about it. Except now I'm pretty cold and my floor is sticky. Someone bring me a towel, and ring the cleaning service. #mopuponaisle1 #WHPicecream
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djdumpling It's Elle's birthday right now (but not right right now, but in like 9 hours) #ticktockturnt 4w

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djdumpling So on Friday morning as I sat in the airport, I received an email from @instagram saying that they'd put me on their list of suggested users. And I literally did not have to be in the gym for one second for that to happen.

It was a pretty surreal moment. This creative 'journey' of sorts that I've been on has taken me so by surprise. Two years ago I was writing and taking photographs under the pseudonym 'The UnSuccessful Homosexual' - it was an apt reflection of how I felt about my achievements and my potential capability to achieve.
I've since stopped relating to and writing under that moniker. I've had so much encouragement along the way from strangers and friends alike to write, to photograph, to explore. The support (and shirtlessness) of this community has left me so in awe.

So even though (hopefully) I'm far from my creative crescendo, thank for your love. It's so profoundly inspiring and humbling. To all the new people who have followed along, hello from Sydney, I can't wait to share some stories with you. #communityfirst
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djdumpling The sun has poked her head out from behind the clouds today. It feels almost summery here in Sydney.
On days like this, lemons are the perfect way to complement my mood. Whether it's a lemon tart, a scoop of lemon sorbet, or Liz Lemon in 30 Rock, I'm obsessed with the tart flavour this little fruit packs.
So, who's ready for a bit of lemon curd? 🍋🍋
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djdumpling And so the sun has set on Splendour in the Grass 2014. Cheers to that music, #demtimez and especially to my friends who accompanied me to the medics tent on the second night after rolling my ankle dancing too hard to Hot Dub Time Machine. This photo definitely does not accurately depict just how cold it was come nightfall. Definitely no cheers to that. 1mon

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djdumpling "You know, you should buy a screen protector for your phone". I looked up from counting change for my coffee to see Sylvan inspecting the (very) cracked screen on my phone.
He'd caught me off guard. Those who know me best, know that I hate making small talk. I'm hopeless at it. I feel so awkward. My mind races and I can never stay present.
But for some reason the people who work at this cafe make me feel a little less awkward. I've become perhaps overly familiar with some of their colleagues who all know of my almost daily soy cappuccino order. Perhaps it's because I've done some of my best writing at their tables; maybe being vulnerable within this space has allowed me to be less conscious of my terribly awkward inner monologue.
Sylvan caught the light the other day, and I asked him for a snap, because duh. Raising my coffee cup to him, his colleagues, and the wonderful little cafe that gifts me amazing coffee. #betweenlines #makeportraits #storyportrait
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djdumpling I've had my head in the clouds so much lately. I've done so much dreaming about all the things that I've wanted, both creatively and personally.
But now those spheres are becoming particularly foggy as they grasp with the reality of what achieving those things may entail. The reality of everything is so much more complicated than the rose tinted conception I had in my head.
As adults, nothing is child's play anymore; all I can do is bunker down and work through it all. And hopefully at some point, I'll be launched past the clouds, and towards the stars that have lit my dreams. #WHPspacedreams
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